Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Murder 101

Alison Bergeron, newly divorced English professor at St. Thomas College, is having a difficult time. Someone stole her car, so she has to walk to the train station for the commute to work. Once there, she finds two homicide detectives waiting in her office to ask why the body of one of her students is in the trunk of her car. Trying to remove herself from the list of suspects is not easy. She also has to deal with the distraught family of the dead student, bail her ex-husband out of jail, and grade final exams for her Shakespeare class. For some reason, those boring exams are the object of a great deal of attention. As if that weren't enough, one of the homicide detectives, Bobby Crawford, is taking a romantic interest in Alison, and the pompous college president may decide that her involvement in the case is bad for the school's reputation. This is an entertaining debut and a series to follow for fans of gentle academic mysteries. (From Amazon)

Just as Alison starts to get her life back in order following her divorce, her car is stolen. Ok, no biggie - she'll just walk to work. But then when two detectives show up to question her, she knows this is about more than just a stolen car. The body of one of her students is found in the trunk of her car. Now Alison (along with her best friend Max) must set out to prove her innnocence. Along the way, Alison develops feelings for the lead detective - Bobby Crawford. And lucky for her the feeling is mutual. If Alison can get back the puking on his shoes, getting kidnapped and threatened by a mob boss - maybe she and Bobby can have a chance. That is, if his wife doesn't mind. A cute, fun read that held my attention. I loved seeing how the relationship between Alison and Bobby developed as she worked to clear herself and those around her. Alison and her friends are funny and had me laughing out loud. I'm looking foward to see if Alison and Bobby can take their relationship to the next level and what other trouble she can find herself in.

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